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Trustees Review Concept Plan for New Development

Post Date:06/25/2020

Mundelein Trustees Review Concept Plan for Single-Family Home Development
At the June 22, 2020 Village Board Meeting, Pulte Home Company presented a conceptual plan to the Trustees for the 100-acre site located across from Mundelein Crossings Shopping Center (Target, Home Depot, etc.). The plan features 187 single-family homes, featuring two separate home series (Meadows and Estates). The concept plan proposes that 2.92-acres of the property be reserved for future commercial development (at the corner of Maple Avenue and Route 60/83).  The Village Board provided feedback and direction on the concept plan.

“Pulte is a great company and has done superb work in our town and we welcome them again to Mundelein with the Sheldon Woods development. This will be a very fitting and final chapter in a very long story involving that land.  Generations will enjoy the great location and high-quality product,” said Steve Lentz, Mayor.

Pulte Home Company has dubbed the development, “Sheldon Woods.” The homes range in size from 1,700 SF – 3,900 SF, with an average lot size of approximately 8,500 SF. As part of the proposal, Pulte Home Company intends to donate an 8.85-acre site along Route 60/83 to the Mundelein Park and Recreation District.

Other features of the plan include:

  • Two separate home series, each with 4-5 floor plan options:
    • Meadows (125 lots) – Smaller lots, located on southeast section.
    • Estates (62 lots) – Larger lots, located on northwest section.
  • Primary access to Sheldon Woods will be at the signalized full access point at Route 60 aligned to Mundelein Crossings as well as an access point along Illinois Route 176.

The project’s proposed land uses include:

  • Residential Lots – 36.59 acres
  • Commercial Lot – 2.92 acres
  • Park Lot – 8.85 acres
  • Storm/Open Space/Buffer – 36.05 acres
  • Right of Way – 16.25 acres

This site has a protracted history. The property was annexed by the Village of Mundelein in 2005, when a large-scale retail project was proposed on the site. The development and site were part of lawsuits, which caused delays in the development. Ultimately, the project never came to fruition due to the delay and the 2008 economic downturn.

Also, since 2005, the viability of additional large-scale commercial development has been impacted by changes to the economic climate, namely e-commerce. Additional rooftops in the Mundelein Crossings area will help support and revitalize existing retail storefronts in the Village.

The current Comprehensive Plan (2011) recommends a land use of “General Commercial” for the 100-acre property (formerly “McLaughlin Property”). However, the Village is in the process of adopting an amended Comprehensive Plan in 2020 which reevaluates the economic viability of additional large-scale commercial development within the Village.

The draft Comprehensive Plan Update (2020) features a Future Land Use Plan that scales back the amount of land designated for retail development to a level more sustainable in today’s economic climate. For the McLaughlin Property, the plan currently recommends a mix of “Single-Family Detached Residential” and “Auto-Oriented Small to Mid-Size Retail.”  Commercial developers and brokers advised that the increase in residential will support the current retailers and promote additional opportunities with the time is right. The newly authored 2020 Comprehensive Plan is slated to be adopted prior to projected final approval of the Sheldon Woods development.

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